Mokokchung is the land of the Ao Nagas. Although, almost all Aos have converted to Christianity, they still maintain their old customs and traditions, especially the tradition of hospitality that can be seen during Christmas. This is the time when everyone, irrespective of their financial or social status, welcomes each other warmly in their homes.
As an old Naga saying goes, ‘a single visit to Longkhum is not enough , for your soul stays behind the first time and you have to return there once more to get it back’. This saying springs from the fact that Rhododendrons adorn the hillocks and the precipices surrounding it, providing an astounding sight during full bloom. Exquisite ethnic handlooms and handicrafts by the expert craftsmen are also found in plenty here. An animist religion called Limapur still exists in this village, where a few families worship a God called Longlanpa Tsungrem.
This is the oldest and largest of all Ao Villages and the second largest village in Nagaland, next only to Bara Basti of Kohima. Ungma village is located about 3 km from Mokokchung Town. It occupies a unique position in the history of the Ao Nagas, for it is said that the whole Ao tribe founded this village when they first entered the land from their ancestral home at Chungliyimti (now within the Sangtam Naga Territory). The rich Ao culture and tradition is jealously guarded and practiced by the villagers even today and the place is considered to be a living museum of the traditions of the tribe.
Chuchuyimlang is the village of festivals for the Ao Nagas. The Moatsu festival, based on community bonding, takes place from the first of May till the third. During this period, the villagers express their friendship towards other villagers by exchanging gifts, making new friendships, renewing old ties and sharing a spirit of camaraderie. The tourist village established here is a showcase of this spirit of the villagers in the most natural and uncontaminated manner.